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Jason Glenn Short

Criminal defense Attorney at Portland, OR

4.8   28 reviews
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  • Licensed for 23 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jason

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Attorney Jason Short is proud to provide professional legal representation to his clients facing both criminal and non-criminal matters throughout Oregon. Prior to starting his own law firm, Short Law Group PC, Jason worked for nearly 8 years as a Deputy District Attorney for Washington County, Oregon. As a former Deputy District Attorney, Jason became a skilled trial attorney, trying over 160 cases. This experience has given Jason an intricate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of criminal cases, as well as the prosecution strategies.


Jason has given several trainings of search and seizure law to new police officers and sheriff's deputies and can now apply this valuable knowledge to his clients faced with similar search issues. His knowledge of the criminal justice system offers you a unique opportunity to understand the best approaches to deal with your particular situation.


On a personal note, Jason was born in Washington State and raised in Salem, Oregon. Jason is married and the father of 4 children. Jason enjoys spending time with his family as well as playing golf, fishing, racquetball, hiking and camping.


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Client's Choice 2012
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Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group
Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group
280 Court Street NE
Suite 290
Salem, OR, 97301
Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group
2755 NW Crossing Dr.
Suite 205
Bend, OR, 97701
Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group LLP
1000 Wall St., Suite 280
Bend, OR, 97703
Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group
110 SE Washington St.
Suite A
Hillsboro, OR, 97123
Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group
16 N. Riverside
Suite 201
Medford, OR, 97501
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4.8 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Scott | September 20, 2012
I feel confident in recommending Short Law Group to anyone.
Having to find a defense attorney is never a pleasant experience, but luckily I was able to find Short Law Group. I was looking at a measure 11 offence of attempted murder that was latter changed to two counts of assault in the second degree, but with the support and devotion given to my case by Mr. Short along those whom work beside him I was found not guilty of all charges at trial for reasons of self-defense. Never ones over the year that it took my case to go to trail did Mr. Short try to get me to take a plea bargain I didn’t want or did I ever feel work wasn’t being done. The time that was put into my case was way beyond what I paid for, communication never fell to the wayside, and Mr. Shorts knowledge and experience really shines through in the court room. It’s for these reasons and more I feel confident in recommending Short Law Group to anyone.
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Posted by Matt | March 22, 2011
Fantastic attorney in a time of need
I didn't know I had a warrant for my arrest. When I got pulled over for a speeding ticket, the police officer said I had a misdemeanor warrant. He issued me a citation to appear in court. I called Mr. Short and he said everything would be fine. The next day, he called me and said I didn't have to appear in court and he got the case reduced to a violation and I just had to pay a small fine. The warrant was lifted and I didn't have a misdemeanor on my record. Thank you again. You will not be disappointed if you retain Mr. Short. I know not every outcome can turn out like mine, but he was very professional, confident and worked on my case immediately.
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Posted by Joe | December 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
Very good lawyer- very nice person! Very professional. Returns emails promptly- returns phone calls promptly. Thoroughly answered any questions I had. Very knowledgeable- helped get me a great deal. Even after everything was said and done Jason still puts his time in answering any questions I have. He will certainly be my go to for legal help/advice in Oregon!!!
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Posted by David | November 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The very best. Period!
We are so happy that we hired Jason Short to represent our son. Unfortunately our son was arrested for a DUI. We have 5 kids and between the kids and our own life experiences we have had the regrettable need to hire attorneys over the years and know first hand there are good ones and there are awful ones. Jason Short is a good one. First thing we did when our son told us of his DUI was visit a friend who is a Portland Police detective. He said he'd ask around and the next day called me with three names. I asked him if his son was facing a DUI charge who would he hire and he said Jason Short. Jason was able to get our son's charges dropped and was competent, caring, knowledgeable, skilled and and well liked/respected by the DA, the arresting officer and the DMV administrative judge. We are grateful to our friend who recommended Jason Short and we are grateful to Mr Short for taking our case and working hard and effectively on our behalf. If you find yourself facing a DUI I think he is your very best bet.
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Posted by Jeff | September 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am so glad I hired Jason Short
Jason Short did an amazing job representing me against false abuse allegations. Throughout the ordeal he was always in touch with me and kept me updated, and was very quick to return phone calls and emails. It definitely made the whole process easier knowing he was out there fighting for me. When it was finally time for my day in court, Jason was well prepared and didn’t leave anything up to chance. He was very thorough and comfortable in the courtroom, and obviously had a ton of experience. And he got me the not-guilty verdict that I desperately needed. I highly recommend Jason Short.
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Posted by Paul | February 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The right choice!
Jason Short was outstanding in handling my sons DUI case. My son's breathalyzer test was only .05, but he was still being charged with a DUI. Jason used his experience dealing with the DA's office and was able to convince the district attorney they would not win this case...all charges were dropped, including the traffic citations. After calling several attorneys in the area Jason was the only one who felt we had a shot at having the charges dismissed, most of the attorneys we talked with only wanted to discuss the diversion program. Jason was the right choice!
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Posted by James | September 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks again
Jason made all my dreams come true. I had two felonies from when I was young and dumb that I couldn't get exspounged and thought I was out of options and would never be able to hunt again. Jason proved me wrong and within 2 months I had my gun rights back and now going hunting with my dad nephew and uncle this year for the first time in almost 12 years. Thank you again Jason I tell everyone that they have a chance and to give you guys a call.
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Posted by Steve | April 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jason Short has a great deal of experience and does every thing in his power to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. Jason did a fantastic job convincing the District Attorney to drop all charges against me before the trial date. It was a real pleasure working with Jason. Over the past 40 years I have worked with many professionals. Jason is one of the most genuine, sincere, caring persons I have worked with. He is honest, extremely bright, hard working and has a great spirit about him. I highly recommend Jason and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
duii, reckless driving charge
got me in to a diversion for duii got my drivers license suspension dismissed
Posted by caleb | April 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST firearms lawyer in Oregon
Jason was very professional and I had every confidence from the start that he would win my case, AND HE DID! The sheriffs denied my CCP and Jason had them reversed the denial AND I had my CCP in 3 days WITHOUT even going to court. Just his name alone gets you results. I highly recommend him. He was on top of it the whole time. The best thing is he always took my call and kept me up to date unlike some lawyers that never talk to you and leave you in the dark. If you want to win GET Jason Short!
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Posted by John | December 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2nd amendment restoration
I cannot say enough about Jason Short of the short law group. Very professional and thorough , good at what he does. I will recommend him and his firm to all my friends.
Posted by Bret | June 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am giving my highest of recommendations to Jason and short law group! I was arrested for a dui in clackamas county.I was extremely scared and felt hopeless.I contacted 15 different attorneys for a free consultation and all that did was make me more scared and confused!14 of the attorneys i felt were just looking at me as dollar sign as i felt they just wanted to push me through the process in which they all told me to just go through the diversion program since it was my first offense with a dui.I just didnt like the answers i was getting and i felt none of them really cared until i came across jason and short law group.when i spoke with jason he assured me he would fight for me and he would do everything he could to win this case.Jason came off as if he truelly cared and it wasnt all about the money which put me at ease.Jason told me of his experience as a D A for overn 8 years and now having his own law practice for about the same time and after knowing that I was convinced and knew I hired the best attorney for the job! Even though I was very nervous and worried about what the outcome was going to be I felt this peace at the same time that Jason was going to get things done for me in a positive way and that is exactly what happened ,Jason had called me with the best news I've had in years telling me "your case has been dismissed"! I almost fainted! I was so excited and started shaking! to get this news was such a life changing experience in such a positive way! I'll be forever grateful for the great work Jason and short law group did for me! all I can say for anyone else that is going through a dui just trust in Jason and have confidence in him knowing his expertise is the best of the best and if Jason and short law group can't get it done I believe no one else can! God Bless Jason And Short Law Group! Bret D
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Posted by Derek | May 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI expert
Jason was retained to represent me for a DUI and other related charges. Our first interaction was beneficial in that he provided a number of steps to immediately start working on myself (AA, recovery) as well as steps/actions to potentially impact the outcome of my case. He was full of good information and his experience previously as an attorney prosecuting DUI cases in addition to knowing many county resources that were processing (and prosecuting) my case were immensely useful. He was available for email and phone conversations and kept me aware of next steps and prepared me for the process I went through. My outcome was good - given the circumstances - and he made a lasting impression on me. Thanks to Jason I was able to get into recovery and AA sooner than I otherwise would have and feel I have a good head start on a successful future. I would hire Jason again for any other legal issue that my family or I may encounter in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very friendly and extremly sharp
I called Mr. Short and left a message he called back right away. Extremely sharp, was apparent after just a few minutes that he is knowledgeable. Yet the thing that stood out to me is his ability to sooth a person in an extremely stressful time. Its hard to imagine almost any jury not being swayed by his charm and knowledge.
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2014
Very thankful!
**Highly recommended** One of the best lawyers I've ever dealt with! Very knowledgeable in the criminal justice department and great as a person. Thanks a million Jason! I couldn't have done it without you.
Posted by Will | April 1, 2014
Highly Recommended
This was my first experience with a trial case and I was quite nervous about the whole thing but from minute one Jason's demeanor and clear knowledge of the situation put me at ease. I had the pleasure of working with Jason, Shawn and Chris and each one of them was clearly capable, confident and very easy to talk with. Short Law Group was always available and prompt whenever I had any questions regarding my case and made me feel very well represented. I am grateful for all their hard work on my behalf.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2013
Great attorney, works hard, fights hard and tells it straight
Jason represented me for DUI diversion violation. Essentially I messed up big time and got a second whilst I was meant to behaving myself. Bonehead move on my part. He was able to handle both cases with a fair degree of ingenuity and achieve an outcome that allowed me to keep my employment and get on with my life. He tells it straight and provides all the information to enable you to improve your standing prior to Court. He is a great guy and kept my mind at ease which helped me immensely in getting through this.
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Posted by Daniel | March 21, 2013
Life Saving!
Jason and his staff saved my life there are no words to describe the efforts of these people.. I can't imagine where I would be if it wasn't for them... I was screwing up my life with drugs and had gotten myself in a place where my life was going nowhere. Because of him, I got into treatment rather than going to prison and have since turned my life around... I have my son twice a week, live in a nice apartment and am going to meetings and treatment four days a week. I have a full time job and can afford to live.. I am finally looking at life and my future with optimism.. Thanks Jason I owe you everything....
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Posted by Paul | February 7, 2013
Job well done
When it comes to professionalism, you can rely on Jason Short Always courteous, very attentive to details, sharp and well known in court When I found out that Jason was a district attorney and then open its own practice as an attorney it gave me a sense of " this guy knowns the inside out" of the justice system I was right. He handle my case in two different county at once and thanks to Jason I did not spent a day in jail. Trust me, my wife is so happy to have me home every night. My regards to you Jason
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Posted by John | December 23, 2012
An excellent lawer who I would recommened and call upon again if needed!
After retiring and in the process of moving from Washington State to Oregon I had one of the most frightening experiences at the hands of our State Trooper’s. In an effort to minimize as much as possible the need for a moving van, I elected to drive my 2 seat very small car at least 1 to 2 times a week, retrieving anything I believed was of value to me. Upon my return on this last trip, and after being notified by our realtor that she intended on bringing people through the house that very weekend, I had a moral responsibility and a safety issue to remove as many firearms from my home in Washington State as possible. What I didn’t know nor did I expect, was how the Oregon State Trooper’s would view this, although I followed the Oregon State’s law on how to transport firearms through the state, once stopped, they chose to slant everything as though I was a common criminal! This event caused me to seriously question law enforcement here in Oregon, and although I had served as a reserve police officer in the past and took an oath to serve, preserve and uphold the law, this was not being done! Jason Short was recommended to me because he had successfully defended other clients who were unfairly accused of an unlawful firearm’s offense. I was charged with 2 counts, one involving my firearms, and the other was nothing more than a trumped-up charge that is too complex to detail here. To begin with, Jason’s opening statement was excellent, concise as he provided the truth about the events that lead to my being stopped, and then arrested. I couldn’t have asked for more! During the trial the DA called 4 witnesses and I was the only witness for my defense. Jason calmly took apart each witnesses account of what occurred and flustered each one to the point where they would look over at the DA in fear that they may have answered incorrectly. He then questioned me about details, and the real events that would later exonerate me of all the charges. Even when I was cross examined, the truth and how Jason presented it in his closing statement is what each juror took with them while deliberating for 2 hours, not the exaggerated, embellished and otherwise lies the DA was trying to get them to believe. I pray that I never find myself in this situation again! However, should the need arise, Jason Short who so eloquently and thoroughly presented my case in such detail all the while taking apart each of the DA’s witnesses account of what happened, I wouldn’t hesitate calling on Jason again for his superb work defending me.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-300 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group
  • 2017 - Present
  • Owner
  • Short Law Group, PC
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Washington County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Assistant Lead Law Clerk
  • U.S. Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2000
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  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Utah State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Successful DMV Hearing
  • The ALJ ruled in our favor. The client's driver's license was not suspended by DMV


  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Invitation Selection
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Distinguished 4.2 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Recognition Award - 5 years of service
  • Washington County DA's Office
  • 2006
  • Trial Advocacy 1
  • National District Attorney's Association, National Advocacy Center
  • 2002
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Department of Justice - United State's Attorney's Office
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Defense CLE Seminar
  • Evidence in Real Life
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (14)
Endorse Jason
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working a case with Jason as opposing counsel, during which he balanced professionalism and advocacy. I also recently had the pleasure of deep-diving the minutiae of DUII manslaughter at a conference for attorneys at which Jason shared his immense expertise. Jason's character shines through in and out of the courtroom. He is an expert among experts and a great person. I fully endorse Jason."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is a fantastic attorney and is well-respected in our community. He is my go to referral any time I have a client in need of advice or representation on a criminal defense matter. If Avvo had an ability to rate a lawyer above a 10, Jason would be an 11!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is a knowledgeable and hard-working lawyer. He leaves no stone unturned when it comes to achieving the best possible result for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the privilege of working for Jason while I was still in law school. If you need someone who knows his way around the system, who has the experience and the guts it takes to win, and who will work tirelessly on your case, Jason is your man."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Short. He is a well known and respected attorney in our community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Short is an excellent and intelligent legal advocate. His skills and knowledge in the area of criminal defense are first-rate. He has extensive experience in criminal litigation as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. I fully endorse him without reservation of any kind."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having referred cases to Jason Short in the past, I have seen the quality of Jason’s advocacy. Jason knows Oregon criminal law, and is highly effective in protecting his client's rights. For these reasons, I continue to refer, and encourage, anyone accused of a crime within the greater Portland area to contact Jason Short. I highly endorse Jason Short."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is a well respected and hard-working attorney who can be trusted with the most difficult criminal matters. Highly organized and knowledgeable, I endorse him with no reservations."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jason, and consider him to be an honest, ethical and extremely hardworking attorney. He has extensive trial experience, and achieves excellent results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have consulted with Jason about my cases and hold him in high regard as a skilled trial attorney and advocate. Jason truly cares about his clients and will fight to get them the best possible result. I have no reservations about referring cases to Jason."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason Short is a quality individual and a fine lawyer. As they say good people make great lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Short is a skilled and highly competent trial lawyer. As a former Deputy District Attorney, he has the unique ability to tell his clients that he knows both sides. If you are charged with a crime in Oregon, whether its a DUI or a measure 11, Mr. Short will fight for you and achieve the results you want."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Jason since his prosecutor days. He has always been extremely diligent and effective on behalf of his clients. Hiring him as your attorney is a very good decision."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I simply cannot think of a more apt and trustworthy defense attorney than Mr. Short. I've known him for years as both a colleague and friend and endorse him wholeheartedly as anyone's attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Short is a very respected lawyer, and an excellent advocate for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Jason at a DUI training course. I was immediately impressed by his skill and intellect, as were the instructors in our course. He excelled in the course and I also had the privilege to learn new ideas and strategies from him. Mr. Short would be the first person I would refer anyone accused of a crime in Portland."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jason is an excellent trial attorney and always maintains a high degree of professionalism."
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Portland Criminal defense Lawyer Jason Glenn Short
Jason Glenn Short
Criminal defense Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 23 years
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